Friday, December 23, 2011

January-February 2012 course offerings

My goal is to give you all the skills you need to become independent and creative with your knitting and to derive pleasure from the process.


Knitting Fundamentals - For the novice to advanced beginner - $75*

6 Sundays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
January 15, 22 and 29, February 5, 12 and 19

Classes at this level will contain a mix of new knitters, early learners, and more accomplished students who will benefit from review. It’s a good idea to begin with this course, even if you have knit or crocheted before, to be sure you have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals before continuing to another level.

If you are a beginner, you will learn to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off, plus a myriad of other things as they come up, such as yarn characteristics, importance of gauge swatches, etc. Those who are more experienced will be given additional homework and/or a project.

Many students take this course several times,* advancing as they go, with beginners learning from the more advanced knitters and the more advanced knitters benefitting from reviewing the instruction given to the beginners. No two classes are exactly the same because they are driven by the needs and progress of the group and the particular questions that are raised.

*$60 for students who repeat this class.

Advanced Knitting Fundamentals – $110

8 Thursdays, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm
January 5, 12, 19 and 26, February 2, 9, 16 and 23

You will learn about cables, lace, repairs, yarn substitution, color work, reading and modifying patterns, and finishing.

Persons taking this class will already have a complete grasp of casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, binding off, two methods of increasing and decreasing, will be able to easily move from garter stitch to stockinette stitch to ribbing, will know what to do if you stop in the middle of a row, and will have a basic understanding of the characteristics of various yarns and the importance of swatching, as well as a basic ability to read patterns. If you feel you know some of these well, but are not sure about others, consider re-taking the basic knitting fundamentals course before proceeding with this one.

Crochet Fundamentals – for the novice to advanced beginner - $65

6 Sundays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
January 15, 22 and 29, February 5, 12 and 19

You will learn how to hold the yarn and make standard crochet stitches and shape. You will begin to read patterns and understand when crochet might be preferred over knitting, and see some of the unique things that can be made with crochet. Depending on the progress of the group, you may tackle a simple project.

The more advanced student will work with colors and texture and learn how to make squares, work in the round, and make more exotic shapes.

YOUR PROJECT – For intermediate to advanced students - $65

6 Sundays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm
January 15, 22 and 29, February 5, 12 and 19

Prerequisite: For knitters, mastery of the concepts taught in Knitting Fundamentals. For crocheters, mastery of the concepts taught in Crochet Fundamentals.

This very popular course is limited to 4 students. Each student will begin (or continue) a personal project, such as a scarf, hat, sweater, bag or socks. We will address yarn and needle choices, gauge swatching, pattern modification, trouble shooting, finishing, blocking, you name it. This is a support class, with no specific teaching curriculum. Students receive individual help and benefit from the issues raised by others. The course may be repeated as often as desired, to get continuing ideas and help with projects.  

SOCKS WORKSHOP – For intermediate to advanced students - $60

4 Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
January 15 and 29, February 12 and 26

Prerequisite: Mastery of the concepts taught in Knitting Fundamentals.

We will spread this class out over six weeks to give you an opportunity to make progress on each stage of your first sock, as we pick out the pattern and yarn, work with double-pointed or circular needles, make the leg, turn the heel, pick up gusset stitches, and finish the toe.

Private Sessions – All levels


For the absolute beginner who wants individual knitting or crochet instruction. For the student at any level who needs some additional help with a technique. For anyone who is stumped by a pattern or wants to get some new ideas.

A great way to get started or get additional help during classes or with a specific project.

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